Police arrest seven-man robbery gang on Valentine’s Day

Members of a seven – man gang said to be notorious for robbing Lagos residents of their valuables were arrested by the Rapid Respond Squad of the Lagos State Police Command on Valentine’ s Day .

It was gathered that the syndicate was known for terrorising residents around the College Road , Fagba , and Abattoir areas of the state.

The suspects, Lekan Akinyemi, 23 ; Chimeze Ofulie , 18; Babangida Abdullahi , 22 ; Abubakar Umaru , 30 ; Samuel Oyinloye , 24; Timileyin Oladipupo , 27; and Habeeb Olayinka , were arrested around 9 pm on College Road ,

Ifako- Ijaiye , Lagos , after the gang had robbed more than five passers- by of their valuables while brandishing knives and other dangerous objects .

A statement issued by the command on Sunday stated that all the suspects said they came from different parts of the country but were residing in Abattoir , Agege , Lagos .

The suspects had, on Thursday last week , allegedly robbed one Augustine Agafe after he alighted from a taxi at College Road , Ifako- Ijaiye .

Among the items they reportedly collected from their victim were an android phone , N 14, 000 , and a handbag .

Agafe stated, “ I allowed them to rob me because they were many and were holding dangerous weapons, but I trailed them to an open place before raising the alarm .

This drew the attention of some RRS officers on patrol in the area and they arrested some of them .

“ They equally robbed some other victims , among who were a lady and her boyfriend .

The hoodlums dispossessed them of their phones and stabbed the boyfriend , who refused to let go of his mobile phone after parting with his wallet. ”

In his confessional statement , one of the suspects said his gang specialised in robbing passers- by at night by collecting their mobile phones , bags, jewellery and wallets .

An investigation by the police revealed that one of the suspects , Oladipupo , popularly known as ‘ Timi Yahoo ’ , specialised in working on SIM cards of stolen phones to determine which ones were enabled for Internet banking in order to transfer money from their victims ’ accounts.

“I have worked on so many SIM cards given to me by Akinyemi and other groups in Agege , and what I do is to further increase our gain from the robberies by transferring victims ’ money from their bank accounts after using some software to determine how much is lodged in their accounts, and we share the proceeds , ” Oladipupo stated .

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police , Mu ’ azu Zubairu , who ordered the arrest of all the gang members , added that they had been transferred to the Special Anti – Robbery Squad for a thorough investigation .

He noted that the gang members would be charged to court as soon as investigations was completed.

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